Fred McCulloch, a resident farmer of Honey Creek township, living on section 30, was born in Davenport, Iowa,
December 31, 1872, and has been a lifelong resident of this state. His father, H. S. McCulloch, was born in Holmes
county, Ohio, and was brought to Iowa in 1848, when a little lad of but four years, the family settling in Davenport.
There he was reared and afterward turned his attention to farming and in 1876 removed to Poweshiek county, Iowa,
where he purchased a tract of land and devoted the remainder of his life to agricultural pursuits, save for a few
years which he spent in Belle Plaine. He made a specialty of raising garden vegetables and doing truck farming
and as the years passed on he won a substantial measure of success. While a resident of Davenport he met and there
married Miss Carrie Holcomb, a native of Vermont. His death occurred in 1914, when he was seventy years of age,
but his widow still survives at the age of sixty six years. In their family were two daughters. The elder, Nellie,
is now the wife of Gordon L. L. Elliott, a court reporter at Des Moines, and they have one son. The younger daughter,
Bessie, is the wife of Ross Bailey, engaged in the real estate and insurance business at Belle Plainer, and they
have a daughter.
Fred McCulloch, the only son of the family, attended the public schools and Highland Park College at Des Moines,
where he pursued a course in mechanical and electrical engineering. He has followed the profession of mechanical
engineering to a greater or lesser extent throughout his entire life and at the same time has given considerable
attention to general agricultural pursuits. For thirteen years he has resided upon the farm on section 30, Honey
Creek township, upon which he now makes his home. Within the boundaries of the place are comprised three hundred
and twenty five acres of rich and productive land, which he has carefully, systematically and successfully cultivated.
He is a very progressive farmer, constantly studying improved methods and he is cooperating with the United States
government in experimental farm management, making reports as to the cost of crops raised and the kind of seed
that brings forth the best results. His work in connection with the government has been of an important character
and indicates the progressive stand which he takes in behalf of improved agricultural methods. He has been one
of the principal exhibitors in showing agricultural products at the leading state and national corn and grain shows
and in this work has been very successful, his winnings extending over a period of twenty years. He has more medals,
diplomas, cups and ribbons than any other man in the state of Iowa who has exhibited cereal crops. He makes a feature
of raising seed corn, oats and barley and is the largest producer of alfalfa in Iowa county.
On the 25th of December, 1901, Mr. McCulloch was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Wakeman, of Honey Creek township,
a daughter of Isaac and Catherine (Smith) Hakeman. Her father has followed both carpentering and farming and he
and his wife are now living in Belle Plaint Mrs. McCulloch has one brother and one sister and by her marriage has
become the mother of two children, but Virgene died in infancy, March 20, 1908. Verda Irene was born February 11,
1911. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church, of which the parents are members.
Mr. McCulloch votes with the republican party and is interested in the questions and political situation of the
day but is not an office seeker, desiring rather to give his undivided attention to his business affairs, which
have been capably directed and bring to him substantial success. His work has been an exposition of the spirit
of progress and his labors have been of direct value to the community as he has put upon the market improved varieties
of seed and has set the standard for more intelligently directed activity along agricultural lines.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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